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April 2011

Periodical Profile:  Bookmarks

When I am selecting a book for our nonfiction reading group, I consult critical reviews for several reasons: to see how the book was received when it first came out; to see if it will support a good discussion; and hopefully, to find an interesting back story.  I also use reviews for a point of discussion at the end…

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Mad Libs May!

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The month of May is quickly approaching, and the Children’s Department has declared this next month Mad Libs May! Every Saturday in May you can visit us in the Children’s Room and write a Mad Lib. What’s a Mad Lib you ask? It’s a story written with blanks at various points that you fill in with random words. It can…

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Bollards & Doors

This is the library maintenance update version of the blog. No doubt there are a few things you’ve noticed around the library if you have stopped by this week. One of these things is that the Main Street door is still unfixed. We have been told by DPW that the part needed to repair the door has been ordered, and…

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Travel Books on The Point

Mindy’s Pick

The Nature of Cape Cod by Beth Schwarzman

Melanie’s Picks

Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

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Periodical Profile:  Oceanus

Today is Earth Day.  In recognition of the occasion, today’s periodical profile features Oceanus, a publication of our own world renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)!

I will let Oceanus tell you in their own words, what they are all about.  From their website

Oceanus explores the oceans in depth, highlighting…

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Open on Good Friday - Closed on Monday

Today, Good Friday, the Main Library is open regular hours from 9:30 - 5:30.  However, we will be closed on Monday April 25 as it is another unpaid furlough day for library staff. 

On another topic, we will let you know when the Main Street door is repaired, which we expect will be very soon.  Until you hear…

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Snapshot Day & the Door

OK, first things first ... the Main Street door was damaged last night, and thus not in working order. If you are visiting the library today, please use the entrance on Katharine Lee Bates Road. We hope the door will be repaired by tomorrow.

Now onto the fun part ... on April 13th we joined libraries across the…

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World Without Fish

This coming Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky & his daughter Talia will be visiting the Falmouth Public Library on the kickoff weekend for his new book WORLD WITHOUT FISH.  This riveting new book is aimed at youth from middle school through high school. It deals with the…

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Library as a Community Resource

Yesterday – April 15th – I was so fortunate to be able to attend The Library as a Community Resource at the Main library.  The focus of the event was on partnerships the library has formed with groups and individual people in the community of Falmouth.  After welcoming statements from Library Board Chairman Otis Porter and State Senate President Therese…

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Periodical Profile:  Cape & Plymouth Business

Local small business owners, and those who are thinking about becoming one, need to keep their finger on the pulse of the local business environment and political developments that affect them. It is also a good idea to continually improve skills in a variety of areas, such as management, marketing, technology and accounting, while also keeping abreast of developments…

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On the scent of American artists

It is funny how reference questions often come in bunches.  This week I have been asked by three unrelated people to research a number of American artists.  Having studied art history for many years, these questions are right up my alley.  One woman wanted to learn about an artist who painted a scene in Peterborough, New Hampshire that she owns. …

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Periodical Profile:  Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel

It was a long, cold, snowy winter on Cape Cod and spring, as usual, seems in no hurry to get here.  As I write this, the sky is gray, the wind is raw, the crocuses are spent and the daffodils haven’t bloomed yet.  Like me, do you need to recharge your batteries?  How about planning a vacation somewhere interesting or…

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